The Detroit Red Wings got the victory they needed and got the scoring help they needed.

Ending an odds-defying stretch that had seen the Wings roll out a seven-game winless streak while still collecting points on most nights, the Wings edged past the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, tonight at Joe Louis Arena. It was the first time in nine games the Wings won at home.

"Everyone created chances," Henrik Zetterberg said. "It's nice to see that we can score some goals. Makes it easier to win games. I think we got rewarded for hard work."

Gustav Nyquist, called up from the minors earlier today, had two goals. He and Darren Helm gave Detroit a 2-0 lead and Niklas Kronwall converted on a power play. Nyquist cemented the win with a late breakaway goal. Pavel Datsyuk almost singlehandedly leveled a lengthy two-man Carolina power play.

"Games like this, especially when things have been going tough for us, they could have scored a goal there, 5-on-3," Jonas Gustavsson said after facing 27 saves, 20 less than his opponent. "He pretty much killed it by himself, and that was huge for us."

So was Nyquist. He scored 17 seconds after the puck dropped, collecting Jonathan Ericsson's shot and putting it five-hole.